Christoph Sauser: The Cape Epic is the hardest race to win

I didn't plan my comeback. It wasn't like, "OK, I'll take a year off and then I'll come back." For me, it was basically a new chapter: working with Specialized's mountain bike team, with the engineers, and as a Specialized brand ambassador. I really liked it. Personally, I still got a good adrenaline kick when my riders were racing at the World Cup, the world championships or the Olympics. It would have been difficult to stop racing and start an office job and not have that adrenalin any more!

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Former mountain bike world champion Christoph Sauser has a lengthy palmares, including multiple Cape Epic victories. The Swiss rider is blogging for Cyclingnews from the South African stage race in 2017, providing insight into his experience and the race overall.